When President Trump announced that he intended to hold two campaign rallies in Nevada over the weekend, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak was not happy. Nevada is a state where the governor can dine without a face mask, but you can’t:
Gov. Steve Sisolak, and his wife Kathy Sisolak dined with Henderson mayor Debra March, Las Vegas councilwomen Michele Fiori and Victoria Seaman in June Without MASKS
Nevadans know you are a fraud, stop your fake outrage – Nevada LOVES Trump & is going Red AGAIN pic.twitter.com/f0wtw0DXQq
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) September 14, 2020
Nevada is where going to church is prohibited but going to a casino is perfectly okay. It is a state where Sisolak is systematically using the existence of a purported “public health emergency” to effectively eliminate the First Amendment…unless you are a BLM rioter, then it’s totes okay.
Behind the scenes, Sisolak and his minions worked to prevent Trump from holding rallies:
The rallies were going to be held at airport hangars at the McCarran International Airport and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport over the weekend but the Las Vegas Review Journal reported that they were cancelled.
Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, had originally ordered a lockdown in March banning gatherings of over 10 people, but eased it to 50 people later in May as coronavirus rates improved.
In a video interview with KYNV-TV about the rallies, Sisolak pointed out that the White House’s guidelines on safe gatherings were actually more stringent than the ones he had imposed on Nevada.
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority denied that the cancellations had anything to do with politics and said the rallies would have violated its lease agreement.
“This has nothing to do with politics. The letter we sent is about directives and safety and not political campaigns,” said Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority president/CEO Daren Griffin.
“We would hold our tenants to the same standard whether it was a Democratic or Republican rally or any other type of gathering,” he claimed. “We are complying with the Governor’s directive and Washoe County’s recommendation during a pandemic.”
A spokeswoman for Sisolak also denied any direct involvement in the cancellation of the campaign rallies.
As it turned out, President Trump showed the proper contempt for Sisolak’s bullsh** orders and found other venues at which to hold the rallies. Sisolak was not gracious about having his nose rubbed in his own impotence:
On Saturday, there was an outdoor rally at the Minden-Tahoe airport:
It is absolutely packed at the Minden-Tahoe airport ahead of the president’s rally tonight. Several attendees tell me they came from nearby California. Nevada is a battleground state Trump lost in 2016 but remains competitive in 2020. pic.twitter.com/0ceG6hPTve
— Mark Meredith (@markpmeredith) September 13, 2020
No wonder they are panicking….pic.twitter.com/bqhP6XtFPw
— PaulsWalls16 (@PaulsWalls2) September 13, 2020
But on Sunday, when he held an indoor rally in Henderson, NV. It was intense.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2020
— The Right Pundit (@therightnewz) September 14, 2020
These people are not scared. They are done with being locked down, and it is easy to see why. People need each other, and the joy in Henderson overflowed. https://t.co/jF4cmxcQTJ
— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) September 14, 2020
And it caused panties to be wadded:
While wearing a f— mask on a video call 🙄🙄👉Nevada Gov. Sisolak Goes Off on Trump Over Indoor Rally: 'Chose to Show Callous Disregard in a Reckless, Selfish, Irresponsible Way' https://t.co/7YyLvxdHlV via @mediaite
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) September 14, 2020
'Reckless and selfish': Nevada Gov. Sisolak slams Trump for holding big indoor rally, violating state rules https://t.co/gkvUPg0OT2
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) September 14, 2020
This one probably wins the award for over-the-top asshattery:
I've been describing #SuperSpreaderEvents as reckless endangerment. Dr. Jonathan Reiner calls them negligent homicide. Either way, these events should be banned, given our inability to halt infections or combat cases of #COVID19. https://t.co/l51LOXnZ7w
— Philip Russom, Ph.D. (@prussom) September 14, 2020
Henderson threatened to fine the company that hosted the rally:
Henderson, NV – site of tonight’s Trump really – has responded to the event: pic.twitter.com/U8jmGimM1w
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) September 14, 2020
JUST IN-> as an addendum to this story, the City of Henderson, NV has fined Xtreme Manufacturing a penalty of $3,000 for six violations of the city’s directive on COVID mitigation as a result of President Trump’s Sunday rally.
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) September 14, 2020
Some say that this is a big gamble for President Trump. I don’t see it that way. In Nevada, he struck a blow for freedom and went against the whim of a governor who is using the Wuhan outbreak to limit the ability of people to gather for political speech or worship. If he has these rallies, he gets his message out. If he doesn’t have them, he gets hammered by the media acting as Joe Biden surrogates. Not only is this good politics, but it is also good for the health of the nation.